If I work for a hospital, can it legally make us come in and work on our day off?

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If I work for a hospital, can it legally make us come in and work on our day off?

I am a full-time non-union employee. My department put out a memo that states we are mandated to work Superbowl Sunday even if it’s our day off. This memo came from department administration and they said “HR approved it” but haven’t produced any supporting documentation. Having eveyone come in is speculation if something happens.

Asked on December 23, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Does requrining you to come in on your day off violate company policy or the term of an employment contract or union agreement? Does it constitute some form of legally actionable discrimination? If not, then you must comply with your employer's request and work on you scheduled day off. If not, you face termination. The fact is that in an "at will" work arrangement , an employer can set the terms and conditons of employment as it deems neceassary.
That having been said, if the time that you work puts you at over 40 hours for the week and you are a non-exempt employee, then you are entitled to be paid OT.


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